My “Go-To Shot”…The One Plane Swing Punch Shot!
We all have times during our rounds when our ball striking can suddenly disappear….seemingly, all at once, we can’t seem to hit a shot to save our proverbial a**!
When this happens, I turn to my go-to-shot…the one plane punch shot! This shot has saved many a round for me. I’ve figured out over the years, that my ball striking, at times, can leave me when I feel pressure…that is, self-induced pressure from trying to shoot a score, people watching me, or in the heat of competition.
The punch shot has proven successful for me many times over the years. It seems to take all the pressure away, and I just think about making great contact. The One Plane Swing setup doesn't change except these small adjustments... Here it is…
Play the ball back in your stance from where you normally play.
Weight forward at setup - on the lead hip/knee/foot and keep it there throughout the swing.
Shoulders and upper body are slightly open to offset the ball position (ball back can cause pull/hook).
Three quarter swing...
My punch shot practice swing thought is to try and throw the club down the fairway...while trying to stop my swing after impact! Of course, you can't actually stop your clubhead after impact because the momentum of the swing will carry you to a complete finish...but it's the feeling of trying to stop your swing that really accentuates the solid, aggressive ball contact at impact!
Try the One Plane Swing Punch Shot...it just might help you when your ball striking goes south!
Dr. Chris Nix
**For more information on the One Plane Swing the One Plane Golfer eBook is available for sale on the home page of this site. It's a beautifully illustrated description of the One Plane Swing and how to apply it to your game.